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Back to [http://e-democracy.org/if About Issues Forums]]
  
==Intro==
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''This section is being updated.''
  
'''So you want to start a local Issues Forum in your community!'''
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It is an easy as 1-2-3 to get started:
  
Here is a step by step process designed to walk you through the steps of organizing an online local Issues Forum in your community or neighborhood/neighbourhood. This process assumes that you will be hosting your forum on [http://forums.e-democracy.org our site], however you can use this process even if you plan to host your forum elsewhere.
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# Send us the name of your community/neighborhood, city, and state/province/country
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# Tell us the estimated population of the geographical area you seek to cover
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# Describe your plan to recruit the first 100 forum participants
  
Here are a couple of things to think about, before you get started:
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[http://e-democracy.org/contact Contact us] with those details and we will start the process. The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks the opening of a new forum.
  
# Before launching a local Issues Forum with E-Democracy.Org, you ought to make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into. Please, take a look at the following resources:<br><br>
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Additional details are on our [[start a neighbors forum]] outline.
#* [http://e-democracy.org/if/start.html Start an Issues Forum in 10 Steps] - Or see the short [[Starting a neighbors forum]]
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#* [[Forum manager job description]]
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#* Optional - [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/87 Video Interview on Issues Forum] - 6 minutes
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#* Optional - Download and print relevant sections from our [[Issues Forum Guide]].
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#* Optional - Review our [[Inclusive Social Media]] work in lower income, highly diverse neighborhoods. We provide special digital inclusion coaching and assistance to such areas.<br><br>
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# [[Why Host]] at E-Democracy.Org<br><br>
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# [[Terms of Hosting]] your forum on E-Democracy.Org<br><br>
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# This is the "wiki" ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki What is a Wiki]) portion of our web site. Please, make sure you have an account. ''Go to the [http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&type=signup&returnto=Start_A_Forum Log in/Create Account link] in the upper right hand corner of this screen. We just need your name and email address to set up an account.''<br><br>
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# Adopt a worksheet below, entering the name of your community next to it, to indicate that it is taken. Edit your new worksheet as you see fit, as you work your way through the process of launching a local Issues Forum. <br><br>NOTE: '''This will be a public page.''' In initiating your planning process this way, any work you create on this site will be available to anyone. <br><br>
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# As you move from start-up to opening, see our [[Forum manager resources]].
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==Templates==
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[[Archived Start A Forum]] advice is available.
 
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* [[Start A Forum - 0001]] - Template
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'''Available Worksheets:'''
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* [[Start A Forum - 0015]] - (Enter Your Community Name Here)
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'''In Progress:'''
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* [[Start A Forum - 0014]] - Fort Collins, Colorado
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* [[Start A Forum - 0013]] - Westborough, Massachusetts
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* [[Start A Forum - 0012]] - Cedar Riverside, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0010]] - Bemidji, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0011]] - Cook County, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0009]] - Highland Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0006]] - Powderhorn Neighborhood, Minneapolis
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* [[Start A Forum - 0005]] - Greater Chicagoland, Illinois
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Part way done? Are you looking for your [[Charter Worksheets|Charter template]]?
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'''Complete:'''
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* [[Start A Forum - 0003]] - Brislington
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* [[Start A Forum - 0008]] - Cass Lake Leech Lake, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0002]] - Oxford - Central, South, and West
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* [[Start A Forum - 0004]] - Oxford - Headington and Marston
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* [[Start A Forum - 0007]] - Las Vegas, New Mexico<br><br>
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* If you need help with any part of this process, please [mailto:support@e-democracy.org Contact Us].
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Revision as of 12:10, 6 December 2012

Back to About Issues Forums]

This section is being updated.

It is an easy as 1-2-3 to get started:

  1. Send us the name of your community/neighborhood, city, and state/province/country
  2. Tell us the estimated population of the geographical area you seek to cover
  3. Describe your plan to recruit the first 100 forum participants

Contact us with those details and we will start the process. The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks the opening of a new forum.

Additional details are on our start a neighbors forum outline.

Archived Start A Forum advice is available.

 

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